Four Textiles students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) have won awards in the run up to New Designers and, as part of our graduating class, displayed their final collections in our historic Sculpture Court.

The award winners are Matthew Barber, Emma Jamison, Evie Coley and Issy Richardson, all of whom have just completed the fourth and final year of our Textiles - BA (Hons) programme.

Lindy Richardson, Programme Director, has said of this year’s graduating class:

“This dynamic group have tackled every task and project with energy and enthusiasm, coupling work experience and collaboration with industry with their unique personal visions”.

Burberry Scholarship | Matthew Barber

Matthew Barber, whose graduate collection Like Father Like Son was inspired by his father’s love of extreme sports, has been awarded a scholarship by Burberry to support his Masters in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art in London.  

As well as covering Matthew’s college fees, the Scholarship includes a paid internship with Burberry between the first and second years of his Masters degree.

Matthew’s previous award wins at ECA include the 2014 Jutexpo bag design competition, when he won in the ‘commercial’ category. 

Emma Mitchell, who won the Jutexpo competition in the ‘charity’ category, has been shortlisted for the Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase 2016.

The Worshipful Company of Dyers | Emma Jamison and Issy Richardson

The Worshipful Company of Dyers Prize 2016 was awarded to Emma Jamison on the final evening of SHOW 2016, ECA’s annual catwalk celebration of fashion, performance costume and textiles.

Emma was born and bred in Hong Kong, and her graduate collection blends the colours and layers of the Scottish countryside with historical costume techniques from East Asia.

In her time at ECA, Emma has won a commercial project with Scottish textiles company, Voyage Decoration, and was runner up in the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ International Colour Competition.

Issy Richardson, who was nominated for Texprint 2016, was the Worshipful Company of Dyers Prize runner up.

The Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Edinburgh | Evie Coley

The Incorporation of Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Edinburgh presents an annual award to an ECA student whose “work involving textiles demonstrates quality of design and execution and imaginative use of colour”.

This year, the prize was awarded to Evie Coley for her four mini-collections of fabrics, wallpapers and tiles based on scaled-up versions of intricate drawings of sea creatures, which has also been shortlisted for the Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase 2016.

Evie says…

“​I am inspired by the minute detail I see in the structure and patterns of objects. My intricate, expanded images include complex layering and sympathetic surface embellishments that are perfectly suited for dynamic interior and fashion design”.

ECA at New Designers Part One

You can see the work of ECA’s graduating Textiles class of 2016 at New Designers Part One in London from 29th June to 2nd July. All of the students, with the exception of Matthew Barber, will be showcasing their work at Stand T17 at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

New Designers is an annual celebration of the work of over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses. Part One covers the disciplines of Textiles & Fashion, Costume Design, Jewellery & Precious Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass and Contemporary Design Crafts, and you can catch the work of ECA Jewellery & Silversmithing students on Stands JC16 and JC42.


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